[hahy-jee-nist, -jen-ist, hahy-jee-nist] /haɪˈdʒi nɪst, -ˈdʒɛn ɪst, ˈhaɪ dʒi nɪst/

an expert in .
a person skilled in the practice of hygiene See also dental hygienist

1844, “an expert on cleanliness,” from hygiene + -ist. Earlier was hygeist (1716). Dental sense is recorded by 1913.


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